Sunday, December 25, 2011

Walker's 'Apology' Leaves Out The Basics

He says his attack on collective bargaining was flawed because he didn't do a good job of communication. And says his remarks to Ian Murphy, the fake David Koch were "stupid."

Come on - - we've learned this year that you have to look past Walker's words to deeds - - and to things he has said when less guarded to see the bigger, more accurate picture.

Look no farther for guidance than to the transcript of the call with the fake David Koch.

It shows Walker loving his no-discussion, no-negotiating exercise of power that dwarfed his authority as Milwaukee County Executive - - where, in fact, he had to negotiate and deal with unions and supervisors he detested as beneath him.

And he loved the attention he was getting even as Gov.-elect, when he stopped tha Amtrak extension (and also cost the state thousands of construction jobs for at least three years), and which included getting that famous call he thought was coming from the Big Daddy of Conservative Sugar Daddies:


Walker: If you’re doing the right thing, you stay firm and, in this case, you know, we say we’ll wait it out. If they want to start sacrificing thousands of public workers who’ll be laid off, sooner or later there’s gonna be pressure on these senators to come back. We’re not compromising, we’re not gonna — ...
Walker: Well, it has been amazing to me the massive amount of attention I, I’ve don all, I want to stay ahead of this every day, tonight I’m actually doing a fireside chat, which the state TV stations are picking up and I guess a bunch of the national ones are, too, and, uh, in the last couple of days when I do the TV shows, I’ve been going after Obama because he stuck — although he’s backed off now — but he stuck his nose in here. And I said, you know, he asked me what I thought about it and I said the last time I checked this guy’s got a much bigger budget deficit than we do, maybe he should worry about that [Murphy laughs] and not stick his nose in Wisconsin’s business. But you know, we’ve had, uh, you know, all the national shows, we were on [Sean] Hannity last night, I did “Good Morning America,” the “Today” show and all that sorta stuff. I was on “Morning Joe” this morning. We’ve done Greta [van Susteren]. We’re gonna, you know, keep getting our message out. Mark Levin last night. And I’ve gotta tell you the response from around the country has been phenomenal. I had Brian [Sadoval], the new governor of Nevada, called me the last night he said-he was out in the Lincoln Day Circuit in the last two weekends and he was kidding me, he’s new as well as me, he said, “Scott, don’t come to Nevada because I’d be afraid you beat me running for governor....
Murphy: [Laughs] Well, I tell you what, Scott: once you crush these bastards I’ll fly you out to Cali and really show you a good time.
Walker: All right, that would be outstanding. Thanks, thanks for all the support and helping us move the cause forward, and we appreciate it. We’re, uh, we’re doing the just and right thing for the right reasons, and it’s all about getting our freedoms back.
Murphy: Absolutely. And, you know, we have a little bit of a vested interest as well. [Laughs]
Walker: Well, that’s just it. The bottom line is we’re gonna get the world moving here because it’s the right thing to do.
Murphy: All right then.
Walker: Thanks a million!
Murphy: Bye-bye!
Walker: Bye.


Paul Trotter said...

That interview was nothiny but the political sociopath pandering for votes.

Mitch said...

He didn't "spend time making his case" because he knew he had no real case, and any real discussion would kill his plan. His plan was to push through the budget "repair" bill at lightning speed, before opposition had a chance to develop, and then wait for the unions, the progressives and the Democrats to dry up and blow away.

That didn't work. But taking time wouldn't have given him what he wanted, either.